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What Should Be on Your Wedding Planning Checklist?

What Should Be on Your Wedding Planning Checklist?

A lot of wedding planning checklists have these extensive and detailed timelines of what you should do in month 12, 8, 5,2....etc. But what about our brides that get engaged and plan a wedding three months out? Looking at what you "should have done" 9 months ago isn't exactly going to help the wedding stress. So here is a straight wedding planning checklist that that will help any bride or groom plan for their wedding day!

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A Wedding Planning Checklist

  • Announce engagement.
  • Review finances
  • Prepare wedding budget
  • Create a wedding binder (actual or digital) to track planning and receipts
  • Hire a wedding planner
  • Create a guest list and be open to revision
  • Decide upon a wedding design and style
  • Choose wedding colors
  • Decide on who you want in your bridal party
  • Buy Bridal Party gifts
  • Determine Bridal Party Assignments, if any
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  • Extend Bridal Party Invitations
  • Review and Select a venue
  • Review and secure a caterer
  • Create song lists
  • Review and secure a band or DJ
  • Review and hire a florist
  • Go cake tasting and order your wedding cake
  • Buy wedding cake topper
  • Review and hire a photographer
  • Take Engagement Photos
  • Make a wedding website
  • Select Invitations and set a deadline for when to send them out
  • Send out save the dates
  • Buy your wedding dress
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  • Pick out what the bridal party is wearing. Make sure this is done early enough for everyone to get fittings!
  • Create ceremony schedule
  • Create reception schedule
  • Decide and book luncheon and rehearsal dinner locations
  • Secure officiant
  • Determine hair and make up
  • Buy rehearsal and luncheon dresses
  • Buy guest favors
  • Book any extra vendors for activities at your wedding, such as photo booths, archery, ax throwing. You know, the typical stuff.
  • Write wedding vows
  • Decide on what you want said at your wedding
  • Invite those you want to give toasts to do so
  • Plan and purchase any decorative accessories for your wedding and reception that goes beyond flowers
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  • Create mock ups of table settings, floral elements, etc
  • Get your marriage licence
  • Book Honeymoon
  • Create a seating chart based on RSVP
  • Put tips for vendors and services in envelopes, ready to go
  • Pay in full all vendors and venues
  • Arrange all travel vehicles for guests, the bride and groom, and bridal parties as needed
  • Book block of rooms for out of town guests
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Get a pedicure and manicure, and maybe a massage
The size and location of your wedding will determine what on this wedding planning checklist is applicable. Though, in general, this is what you're looking at needing to get done. A wedding planner isn't 100% always a necessity, but can definitely help a lot! Especially, if you're easily overwhelmed or have a hard time keeping life organized.
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Elopement Etiquette | What you need to know!

Is there such a thing as Elopement Etiquette?

Planning a wedding today takes a lot of time and money. Which tends to equal stress. The average cost of a traditional wedding is upwards of $20,000! This rules out the budget of a lot of newly engaged couples. Pamela Paul, author of The Starter Marriage and Future of Matrimony, says "They're sort of thinking it's either $25,000 on a wedding or $25,000 on a down payment.” So it makes sense that couples are choosing to elope more now than ever before and are asking if there really is an elopement etiquette. Traditional or not, Elopements are in! Elopement Etiquette Eloping has had a negative connotation in the past. However, it’s not about rebellious teenage courthouse hitchings anymore. Instead, it's couples choosing intimacy and affordability. A typical elopement today is more defined by simplicity, a beautiful destination, and a short guest list. This turn from the rebellious to being a type of wedding means that you have some elopement etiquette that you can use to guide your wedding planning.

Elopement Planning

First off, spending a little time planning will make your small wedding personalized, less stressful, and more memorable. Actually, businesses are starting up around the country to help! For example, “Flora Pop” is a traveling pop-up elopement company offering planning services for small ceremonies of 15 people or less.

Elopement Etiquette

Whether you wait until after the deed is done or you’re inviting them to attend, let your family know! A personal invite over the phone or even sending a formal card works fine. Do what makes the most sense for you!
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Avoid unpleasant surprises by taking into account questions like these when planning your destination ceremony:
  • Is there a waiting period after your marriage license application?
  • What documentation is required (drivers license, birth certificate, divorce decree from former marriage, etc.)?
  • What is the cost of a marriage license?
  • How much does the pastor or judge charge to perform the ceremony?
  • How much does it cost to hold the wedding at the venue of your choice?

Next, Consider the No-Brainers of a Traditional Wedding for your Elopement

Send marriage announcements!
Let your friends and family celebrate with you even if they couldn't be there on your special day! After some enough time has passed for them to receive the announcement, try sending them an email with photos of your wedding and honeymoon! Why?They’ll get a sense of involvement this way and will enjoy hearing about your adventures. Plus, you may not want a big wedding, but that doesn't mean you don't want to share the best day of your life with all the people you love. This is a great way to do just that.
To register or not to register?
Go for it, especially if you are having a small post-marriage reception! Really, it's a good idea to let your loved ones support you. Plus, it's never a bad thing to let them shower you with gifts as you start your life as a married couple. You can always add your registry to your marriage announcement. Although, you don’t want to forget to send thank you cards out as soon as possible!
What other considerations would you recommend taking for a small elopement ceremony?

Share with us in the comments below or comment #wedcollectibles on social media with your ideas.

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